Sports Injuries

Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Jeff N. Spaw, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Total Joint Replacement Specialist located in College Station, TX & Brenham, TX

Regular exercise is essential for a long and healthy life, but sometimes physical activity leads to sports injuries. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Spaw, MD, diagnoses and treats a wide range of sports injuries at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in College Station and Brenham, Texas. For compassionate and professional sports injury treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries don’t always occur while you’re playing sports. This general term includes any type of musculoskeletal injury that results from acute trauma, like a fall, or overuse from repetitive motions, like running or lifting weights.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Dr. Spaw treats many types of sports injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Fractures
  • Joint dislocations
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee)


Some of these injuries, such as sprains and fractures, have similar symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis for your sports injury at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Dr. Spaw carefully evaluates your condition and develops a treatment plan customized to your needs.

How are sports injuries diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose your sports injury, Dr. Spaw begins with a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history. He asks you to describe how the injury occurred and performs a physical exam. He may also take diagnostic tests, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Then, Dr. Spaw recommends the best course of treatment for your specific sports injury. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment may include:

  • Rest and activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Wearing a brace, cast, or splint
  • Oral medications
  • Therapeutic injections


If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Spaw may recommend surgery. He performs minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to treat many sports injuries, including ACL and rotator cuff tears. Dr. Spaw relies on the highest quality surgical systems and devices, including Arthrex® products.

Sports injuries that involve damage to the slippery tissue that lines the ends of your bones (cartilage) may benefit from cartilage restoration surgery. Because cartilage typically doesn’t heal itself, Dr. Spaw performs this surgical procedure to stimulate the growth of healthy new cartilage.

The knee is the most common site for cartilage restoration surgery, but Dr. Spaw may use this technique to treat shoulder or ankle problems as well.

If you have a sports injury, call Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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